The Jacksonville Jaguars announced a three-year deal for (technical) unrestricted free agent tight end Marcedes Lewis. A deal couldn't get done before free agency ultimately hit, and the St. Louis Rams were reportedly in the mix showing interest, but Lewis decided to stay in Jacksonville for what will likely be his final years.
"It’s a blessing," Lewis told Jaguars.com on Wednesday. "Usually, if you’re lucky enough to make it 10 years, a team says, ‘OK, he’s declining, he’s not at the same level, let’s go ahead and get rid of him.’’’
The UCLA prospect was the No. 28 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Since then he's made one Pro Bowl (2010), one All-Pro team (2010), and has amassed 331 reception, 4,015 yards, and 27 touchdowns. He's coming off his worst season, averaging just one reception for 14.1 yards per game, but he's confident he can still make a difference paired up with Julius Thomas for the foreseeable future.
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"I’m supposed to be the guy who’s going to be doing the dirty work, making the block on third and inches, and making those power blocks," Lewis told Jaguars.com. "When the ball comes my way, I can make my plays."